Streams- The steelhead are in Maxwell Creek and hitting egg sacs. The water flow today is perfect, and you can fish both sides of Lake Road.
Hughes’ Marina is another place to try and catch some hold-over browns.
Currently you can cast Cleos off the Sodus Pier. The pier will ice over quickly if the temps drop and the wind picks-up. If there is no ice (like today) you can catch steelies in the channel.
Bays- The ice cometh and the ice goeth away. This season goes on record for the best perch fishing in decades, however it’s over.
None of the bays have safe ice, so don’t even think about dragging a shanty on what ice there is… it will be slush tomorrow.
If temps can drop to the teens and remain, there might be hope for more ice fishing. However, we are looking at March and to make solid ice this late will be a miracle.
Sodus and Port Bay are almost open and when that happens you can launch a boat and still go after perch.
DEC won’t have docks near their ramps so launching will be an effort. You’ll need to wear a PFD and remember if you are dressing for cold weather, you’ll be extra heavy. Don’t take chances because hypothermia is quick and deadly.
Wayne County has an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you would like the brochure.
Check out the rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. www.waynecountytourism.com.
Erie Canal- There were anglers fishing open water west of the Lyon’s locks. Widewaters is close to having open water and you can launch a boat at the Wayne County park. You can catch bluegills, sunnies, and crappies.
This report was written on February 27, 2018 by Chris Kenyon of Wolcott, NY, a regular columnist with the Finger Lakes Times, Sun and Record, Lake Ontario Outdoors and freelance writer with other publications, as well as Recreational Promotional Coordinator for Wayne County Tourism. Chris assists with the Wayne County Youth Derby and other outdoor events. He also takes time to work with the Montezuma Audobon Center on programs involving kids, including their Youth Pheasant Hunt. He is a constant presence at sportsmen’s events, shows, and anything involving the outdoors. Kenyon is a tireless advocate for enjoying the outdoors, preserving the environment, and sharing knowledge and skills.